Pakistan welcomes US-Taliban peace agreement

09:55 PM | 29 Feb, 2020
Pakistan welcomes US-Taliban peace agreement

ISLAMABAD – Prime Minister Imran Khan Saturday welcomed the signing of Doha peace agreement between the United States and Taliban, terming it a step towards securing peace and reconciliation process in Afghanistan by ending decades long wars and miseries of Afghan people.

On his twitter account, the prime minister said “We welcome the Doha Accord signed between US & the Taliban. This is the start of a peace & reconciliation process to end decades of war & suffering of the Afghan people. I have always maintained that a pol (political) solution, no matter how complex, is the only meaningful path to peace.”

On Saturday in Doha, the US and Taliban representatives signed a final peace agreement after months of prolonged negotiations in Qatar’s capital that envisages an end to the US longest war in Afghanistan since 2001 after the 9/11 and enabling it to withdraw its troops from Afghanistan gradually.

In his other tweet, the prime minister also urged the parties involved to ensure that spoilers should not frustrate these efforts.

“Now all stakeholders have to ensure that spoilers are kept at bay. My prayers for peace for the Afghan people who have suffered 4 (four) decades of bloodshed,” he added.

The prime minister also reiterated that Pakistan was committed to playing its role in ensuring the agreement to hold and succeed in bringing peace to Afghanistan.

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Also on Saturday, Pakistan's Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi welcomed the signing of landmark peace agreement between the United States and Taliban in Doha, Qatar saying it carried immense importance — both in symbolism and substance — for Afghanistan, the region and beyond.

During media interaction in Doha where he was specially invited by the Qatari deputy prime minister and foreign minister to the signing of the peace agreement, Qureshi said the peace agreement reflected a significant step forward by the US and the Taliban in advancing the ultimate aim of peace and reconciliation in Afghanistan.

Foreign Minister Qureshi reiterated that Pakistan would continue its policy of supporting the Afghan people in their efforts to achieve lasting peace, stability and development in Afghanistan.

“Today’s ceremony has, once again, vindicated Pakistan’s long-held stance that there is no military solution of the Afghan conflict. Prime Minister Imran Khan has consistently underlined that a political settlement was the only way forward,” a press release quoted the foreign minister as saying.

Shah Mahmood Qureshi underlined that Pakistan had fulfilled its part of the responsibility in terms of facilitating this peace agreement. Pakistan would continue to support a peaceful, stable, united, democratic and prosperous Afghanistan, at peace with itself and with its neighbours, he added.

He also appreciated personal contribution of Amir of Qatar to the whole process.

The foreign minister noted that Intra-Afghan negotiations would be the next logical step after today’s event.

He expressed the hope that the Afghan parties would now seize this historic opportunity and workout a comprehensive and inclusive political settlement for durable peace and stability in Afghanistan and the region.

He also underlined the need for the international community to recognize that Afghanistan would require support to commence reconstruction and rehabilitation phase.

Redrawing the international community’s attention to Afghan refugees in Pakistan, Qureshi underscored the need to assist the Afghan government in creating an enabling environment for the return of the refugees to their homeland with dignity and honour.